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Old 03-02-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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Used books

There's a bookstore for used books in town, I go there once in awhile to check out the cookbooks as well as other kinds. I don't mind a book being used as long as I know I will use it not take up space on the shelf.

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Old 03-02-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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LadyCook, I do the same thing.

Additionally, patrons can donate cooking magazines to the local library and get a tax deduction. Then I can go to the library and buy them for 25 cents each. A good deal all around. Yes, I can donate them back if I wish, but I never do - either keep them or recycle.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:41 AM   #3
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When I go looking for used books, I am very lucky. We have lots of used book stores. There's St. Vincent's, Goodwill, The Book Store and a couple of home owned. And our library sells used books for 50 cents for hard cover and 25 cents for paperbacks. When I am done with them I always donate them back to the store were I bought them.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:01 AM   #4
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We have a couple of used book places around, but if I am looking for a book in particular, I go to AbeBooks: New & Used Books, Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books.

It is a network of used book stores, and I have never failed to find what I was looking for.

(And I don't get any kickback for recommending them--wish I did!)
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:15 AM   #5
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We have a couple of used book places around, but if I am looking for a book in particular, I go to AbeBooks: New & Used Books, Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books.

It is a network of used book stores, and I have never failed to find what I was looking for.

(And I don't get any kickback for recommending them--wish I did!)
I have used AbeBooks too!!!! My husband is an insurance adjuster and I mostly use them to find out the value of books - they have been a lifesaver over and over again!
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:20 AM   #6
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as the owner of several thousand books, and Constantly Buying more, I find these sorts of local shops invaluable.

as my Wife will tell you, if Ever we get separated in town during shopping, she will Always find me either in a Book store or a market place at a second hand book stall.

or In a Pub with a beer going through the Books that I`v just bought :D
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:20 AM   #7
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We have a couple of used book places around, but if I am looking for a book in particular, I go to AbeBooks: New & Used Books, Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books.

It is a network of used book stores, and I have never failed to find what I was looking for.

(And I don't get any kickback for recommending them--wish I did!)
thanks for the link, interesting site.
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Old 03-03-2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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I'm a book buyer and have taught my sons to be the same - look out the charity & second hand shops around us. I then also donate any one time read ones back to a local charity shop.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:24 PM   #9
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I would have to say that the majority of my cookbooks were purchased used - or discounted. We have a "Half-Priced" book store that sells mostly used books - but also new overstock and discontinued books ... that is where I got my Escoffier tome for about $5 - new. I also search Amazon.Com - and have gotten several books from "Abebooks" through them that were in better shape than I would have imagined.

So - what's wrong with buying used cookbooks?
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:45 AM   #10
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I use Abebooks as well. My last cookbook that I bought through them was Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen, which I bought for about $10US, plus shipping. When it got to me, I realized I had purchesed a used library book from somewhere in Indiana, and it was LIKE NEW! I've purchased several books through Abe, but mostly for historical research.

I like that fact that you can save your search criteria as a "want". Whenever a book gets listed that matches your "want", the site sends you an email. Most cookbooks I search for by title or author. Other stuff, like historical material, I search for by subject, and you won't believe what I've seen being sold! Some of the prices range from just a few dollars, to up to over $1,000US for the really rare stuff (1885-ish county plat map books).
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